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I Don’t Know


Thursday, 13 December 2012 06:18

Once whilst Ali (radiyallahu anhu) was seated on the mimbar, someone asked him a question. Without any hesitation, he calmly replied: “I don’t know.” The man commented: “How can you ever say: “I don’t know” when you have assumed this exalted position of sitting on the mimbar?” To this Ali (radiyallahu anhu) replied: “I’ve ascended this mimbar based on what I know. Had I ascended any place based on what I don’t know then undoubtedly I would have reached the sky!” (Mirqaat vol.1 pg. 528)

Lesson: Besides Allah Ta’ala nobody knows everything. Then there are those who have more knowledge than others. In every field, there are experts and there are laymen. Laymen must NEVER take a chance. They must always refer to the experts, whether it be a medical problem, a financial issue or any other aspect. Most importantly, those without sound knowledge of Deen must NEVER take a chance with trying to extract laws of deen from the Quraan and Sunnah. One must ALWAYS refer to the experts – those who have acquired the detailed knowledge of the Quraan and Sunnah from experts – via an unbroken chain leading all the way up to Rasulullah (sallallahu alaihi wasallam). Allah Ta’ala clearly commands “Ask those of knowledge if you do not know.”    

What Goes Around Comes Around


Saturday, 01 December 2012 05:39

A couple were once seated for meals. Suddenly a knock was heard at the door from a beggar standing outside. The husband in a fit of rage approached the beggar, scolded him and chased him away. As time passed it so happened that this wealthy man became poor. He lost his entire empire and eventually even ended up divorcing his wife.

Life continued. She remarried and now was seated for meals with her new husband. Again a knock was heard at the door from a beggar. Her husband told her: “Take this food which was prepared for us and give it to the beggar outside.” She did as he instructed her but she returned crying. She replied: “The beggar outside was my previous husband.” Then she related to him the entire incident which transpired between her previous husband and his abuse to that beggar. Her new husband then told her: “By the qasm of Allah, I am that very same beggar.” (Al Mustatraf vol 1 pg 24)

Lesson: If you have been blessed with prosperity and ease, never regard it as your achievement. Also, do not look down upon those who are less fortunate or treat them with pride and arrogance. Instead, be humble and grateful to Allah Ta’ala and treat His creation with compassion and kindness. Otherwise, the tables could turn.


Who does the Gold Belong to?


Saturday, 17 November 2012 16:42

Nabi (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) once mentioned an incident of a person who purchased some land from another. The purchaser found an earthenware utensil filled with gold buried in the ground. Hence he went to the seller and told him: “Take your gold, for I have purchased from you only the land and not the gold.” The former owner replied: “Well! I have sold you the land together with whatever is in it.”

Hence both the buyer and seller presented their case to a third person in order to resolve their dispute. He asked them: “Do you have any children?” One of them replied: “I have a son.” The other replied: “I have a daughter.” The one presiding over their case then said: “Get the boy married to the girl. Spend some of this wealth in seeing to their needs and give the rest in charity.” (Saheeh Bukhari #3472)

Lesson: The end result of having a big heart is always sweet. In this incident due to the big-heartedness of both parties, Allah Ta’ala blessed them in a wonderful manner and both benefitted.


From Where to Where


Thursday, 08 November 2012 16:44

A person who was taken aback by the honour given to Luqman (alaihis salaam) once approached him and asked: “Are you the very same Luqman who was a slave of the Banu Has-haas tribe?” Luqman (alaihis salaam) replied: “Yes!” The man then asked: “Are you the very same person who used to herd sheep?” Luqman (alalais salaam) replied: “Yes!” The person asked yet again: “Are you the very same person with a dark complexion?” Luqman (alaihis salaam) replied: “My dark complexion is quite visible and clear to one and all, but what is it that really astonishes you regarding me?” The man replied: “I am astonished that people flock to your gathering and eagerly accept your advice.” Luqman (alaihis salaam) then advised him saying: “Young man! You can also receive this very same rank and honour provided you adhere to the following aspects:

1. Lower your gaze

2. Control your tongue

3. Eat that which is pure and halaal

4. Guard your private parts

5. Adhere to the truth

6. Fulfill your trusts

7. Honour your guests

8. Take care of your neighbours

9. Stay away from what does not concern you

These are the qualities that elevated me to the position that you see me enjoying.” (Tafseer Ibnu Katheer vol 3 pg 459)

Lesson: The above incident highlights the fact that one does not become honourable and respectable on the basis of his lineage or skin colour. Instead it is the qualities in a person that elevate him.


Forgiveness and Kindness Win the Day


Friday, 19 October 2012 06:27

Once while Rasulullah (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) and the Sahaabah (radiyallahu anhum) were on a journey, there was a heavy downpour which caused them to be drenched. Rasulullah (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) hung his clothes on a nearby tree and lay down to rest beneath it. The Ghatfaan tribe who were till then enemies of Islam saw this to be an opportune moment to assassinate Rasulullah (sallallahu alaihi wasallam). Hence they challenged Du’thoor, a gallant young man, to accomplish this task. They said: “Muhammad is lying down all alone under that tree. All his companions are scattered about. Why don’t you finish him off?”

Grasping an exceptionally sharp sword, Du’thoor strode up to Rasulullah (sallallahu alaihi wasallam). He wielded the unsheathed sword before Rasulullah (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) and arrogantly demanded: “O Muhammad! Tell me! Who will save you from my sword today?” Rasulullah (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) calmly responded: “Allah will protect me.” At this Jibreel (alaihis salaam) struck him with a severe punch to his chest and his sword flew out of his hand. Rasulullah (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) retrieved the sword and asked: “Now tell me, who will save you from me?” Du’thoor replied: “Nobody.” Du’thoor then embraced Islam, reciting the kalimah of shahaadah. He also pledged not to assemble forces against Rasulullah (sallallahu alaihi wasallam). Rasulullah (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) handed his sword back to him. Du’thoor returned to his tribe and invited them to Islam. (Al Bidaayah wan Nihaayah, vol. 4 pg. 3)

Lesson: Allah Ta’ala alone is the protector. If Allah Ta’ala wishes to protect someone, nobody can harm him. Furthermore, what won the day? What removed the kufr from the heart of a person who set out to assassinate Rasulullah (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) and opened the way for Imaan to enter? What expelled the hatred from his bosom and replaced it with love? FORGIVENESS and KINDNESS! When Rasulullah (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) pardoned him, in one moment there was a revolution in his heart. Let us also learn to forgive… and taste the sweetness that follows.


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